Kampala – They usually say, every beginning has an ending, and the outgoing striker clearly attests that it’s actually true. Uganda’s striker and one of the top goal scorer, Geofrey Massa kisses good bye to national duty after twelve years of service. The 31 –year – Old striker made the decision three months after captaining the national team in their first ever appearance in AFCON since 1978.
Based on his words, the once speedy striker thought about it into details and made consultations before making up his mind. “I have decided to retire from the national team, after consulting with my family and I believe it’s the right time to start a new chapter.” Said Massa in a telephone conversation with New Vision on Tuesday.
In the letter written by him to FUFA, Massa gave thanks to previous President Lawrence, Mulindwa, and current Eng. Moses Magogo. Besides he as well recognized the immense contribution previous and active coaches had towards his football career by the opportunity they offered him to represent the team. “…I would like to thank coaches Muhammed Abbas, Laszlo Csaba, Bobby Williamson, and Micho Sredojevic, who believed in me and offered me the platform to reach my full potential...” quotes the letter.
Born in Jinja Massa started his professional football career with Police FC in 2004, and the next season moved to Egypt side Al – Masry [2005 – 2007]. Some of the Clubs he played for later are South African side Jomo Cosmos [2008 – 2009], El-Shams [2007 – 2008], Itesalat [2009 – 2011], Yenicami Agdelen [2011 – 2013], University of Pretoria [2013 – 2015], Bloemfontein Celtic [2015 – 2016], Baroka [2016 – ].
Massa who made his debut for the national team in 2005 in a 2 – 0 defeat to Ghana went on to becoming Uganda Cranes’ all-time top scorer in both world and nation cup qualifiers with 14 goals. Although he has not had a glorious career in club level, his service for the national team is worthy to be praised because of not only the goals, but remarkable goals he has scored including goals that tore the net. He made over 80 appearances with over 30 goals in all matches played.
His consistency, commitment, diligence and pace is incomparable making him unique from the rest of the great strikers the nation has ever produced like Hassan ‘Figo ’Mubiru, Andrew ‘Fimbo’ Mukasa, Majid Musisi, Philip Omondi, Ali Katonsa, Mathias Kaweesa, Isa Ssekatawa, Frank Kyazze, and Davis Kamoga.
The retirement doesn’t mean complete disconnection with football, as Massa plans to remain close to the national team in any other capacity according what he said. On the other side, he continues with his club career with Baroka FC of South Africa as he negotiates with European and Middle East clubs.